Brussels, Belgium: Protesters gather at the Iranian embassy to show anger over discrimination. A protest will be performed on a stage on Friday evening to display women support in Iran objecting to the compulsory hijab.
The move took place as protests are sweeping Iran as well as women are burning their headscarves following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last week.
Iran’s morality police apprehended the 22-year-old, as she was perceived to wear the headscarf “improperly” as well as then died.
Moreover, as per the United Nations, there are reports that she was beaten on the head with a baton as well as her head was banged against the vehicle by the police officials. Iranian authorities have claimed she died of natural causes, but her family stated that she was previously healthy.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif stated, “Mahsa Amini’s tragic death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority that ensures that her family has access to justice and truth.”
Al-Nashif highlighted that the United Nations has received reports of “numerous, and verified, videos of violent treatment of women” as Iran’s morality police have expanded their controls on the streets recently to suppress women through to be wearing “loose hijab.”
She asserted, “The authorities must stop targeting, harassing, and detaining women who do not abide by the hijab rules,” urging these rules to be appealed.
Along with this, thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in several cities all over Iran, such as Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Rasht, Saqqes as well as Sanandaj, to protest the death of Amini.
Security forces have reportedly responded with live ammunition, pellet guns and teargas. At least two people are said to have been killed, several injured, and many arrested, according to the UN.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran ignored the protests sweeping the country when addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Instead, Raisi stated that Iran is a model for justice; he condemned Western countries for upholding sanctions against Iran.